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Harry Potter Fans Are Livid Over Johnny Depp's Casting In "Fantastic Beasts"

"Now I have to choose between supporting a domestic abuser and Harry Potter?"

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On Tuesday, Deadline reported that Johnny Depp would play a major role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Not only does Depp appear in the first of five films, which hits theaters Nov. 17, but the role sets him up to have an even bigger part in the sequel.

Harry Potter fans immediately took to social media to express their opinions on the matter.

hi, i'm johnny depp. after a successful multi-year project to ruin myself i've decided to branch out into ruining other stuff you once liked

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Many cited Amber Heard's domestic abuse allegations against Depp as a reason he shouldn't be involved in the series.

Heard dropped the allegations in August when they settled the divorce and donated all of the financial proceeds from the divorce to charity.

I'm livid about the Johnny Depp casting. It's revealed that you attacked and abused your wife and then you get this? No. Absolutely not.

a wild idea: what if we didn't put a domestic abuser in one of the most culturally significant and morally formative franchises of our time

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"Johnny Depp joins the cast of the Fantastic Beasts sequel." Me:

now I have to choose between supporting a domestic abuser and harry potter? fuck this noise!

remember when megan fox didn't like michael bay so her career got ruined, and johnny depp abused his wife so got a huge 5 film franchise?

Johnny Depp and Chris brown are smashing their careers like they never abused women - and we're all staying quiet like that's fine. It isn't

I thought I'd wake up feeling less angry but no, I'm a mix of Hermione when she finds out there are house elves at Hogwarts and OOTP Harry.

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Even if it's too late to take Johnny Depp out of Fantastic Beasts, just give him Polyjuice Potion for the sequel!!! You have magic!!

terrible that Johnny Depp is gonna be in a HP movie but fitting that he's probably playing Grindelwald, as they are both THE FUCKING WORST

It's clear that a lot of fans are feeling betrayed by the casting – especially given how central stories of surviving abuse are to the original books and movies.

hello @jk_rowling @FantasticBeasts the Harry Potter universe is all about being against the abuse of power and yet you cast a known abuser?

Harry Potter is so obviously condemning any type of abuse (i.e Umbridge, Dursleys, Tom Riddle), so how can they allow this? #FantasticBeasts

What really gets me, is how many victims of abuse have used the Harry Potter franchise as a means to heal. How must they feel today? How.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling for comments about the casting.

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